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Broca's Brain

Reflections on the Romance of Science
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and other provocative, fascinating quandaries of the future that we want to see today.

©1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to reprint previously published material: Cornell University Press: "An Analysis of 'Worlds in Collision'" by Carl Sagan, in Scientists Confront Velikovsky, edited by D. Goldsmith. © 1976 by Cornell University Press. Encyclopedia Americana: "UFO's." © 1975 by Americana Corporation. Field Enterprises: "The Climates of Planets" in Science Year 1975. © 1975 by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. William Morrow & Company, Inc.: Excerpts from The Planets by Diane Ackerman. © 1975, 1976 by Diane Ackerman. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow & Company, Inc.

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  • Cheri
  • 20-02-18

Captivating Read.

I find any work by Sagan to be scintillating.

As to the performance, While I cannot know this for sure, it felt to me as though this reader put some time into listening to the manner in which Carl speaks. This resemblance enhanced the experience for me, as I could almost imagine, in many instances, that Sagan would say certain lines in much the same way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone on planet Earth.

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  • Wa-ya
  • 23-09-17

Excellent :) A must read for those looking to lear

Carl Sagan was a true prophet of his time. Believing in the inherent good of man, questioning life with the unwavering confidence of science and dreaming, no, expecting a progressive future. I just wish he could share the many wonders he predicted with us today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-18

Excellent book and narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Broca's Brain to be better than the print version?

no.

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The audio was bad for some Chapters. I tried downlouding the audio again, changing to another device, changing headphones, etc, but nothing worked.

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  • Oliver Flouty
  • 19-08-18

Title is misleading but the story is wonderful

The title acted as an anchor drawing me to read this book. I wanted to read about the author’s insights on the human brain and it’s relation to the universe around us. Instead, i was taken to a wonderful journey into interstellar space and back... Back to womb. It is eloquently written and enjoyable to read/listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-19

Carl Sagan is a champion of science and reason!

A brilliant work of science writing. Sagan knows his subject with such deep understanding. Natural born scientist.
An eloquent piece!

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  • Timothy
  • 11-12-17

Not Sagan's best, and dated, but... it's Sagan!

For those of us who've been patiently waiting for Carl Sagan's books to come out in audiobook form, this is a must-listen.

It's not Sagan's best work. But that's like saying "not Pixar's best movie" or "not Einsten's best discovery".

"The Pale Blue Dot", "The Demon-Haunted World" and "Dragons of Eden" are all better than this. But if you've read all those multiple times, this is good.

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  • Craig
  • 11-06-20

its as natural to listen to as it is to sleep

the soothing voice of dion graham is reminesceint of those long forgotten bedside tales, this pairs wonderfully with carl's writting style qhich can best be summerized by a very enthusiastic friend sitting across from you at the campfire. Carl sagan is a masterfull writer and is able to cover a wide breath of topics from religion to science, from life to death, without rambling and seamlessly transitioning between. broca's brain is truly a disection of carl sagan's brain as proposed at the begining, starting with an acknoledgement of those before him, then delving into his passion of science, his inquiries of religion, his birth and finally his death.

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  • Shane D Zanath
  • 12-11-19

Amazing predictions for our present world

Sagan's predictions about climate change are amazing to look back at from 1977 to 2019

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-18

great book!

it has soo much science in such specific detail and it full of rich and wonderfull ideas.

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